Do You Know Anything About Techno?
If you've got your ear to the Internet grapevine, you'll probably recognize that question from a video clip that's been making the rounds recently. Taken from the 1996 film Vibrations (starring Christina Applegate!), it features a musician jamming out in his bedroom on a rack of synths and drum machines, shouting over really bad slap-bass electro-funk: "See, we're primal, heading for cosmic! Just when you think we're in galactic ecstasy, we go acid! It's hardcore neutronic mutilation. And now we get serious: See, we're going on a psychotically calibrated, electronically executed, digitally compressed, pus-excreting journey to sonic grooviness!"
It's the most hilariously misinformed riff on club-culture lingo that you'll find this side of a PTA anti-rave pamphlet. But it's fitting that this 17-year-old clip has resurfaced now, because it just so happens that techno -- real, proper techno -- is firing on all cylinders, albeit far out of sight of EDM's glow-stick revolution.
We've pulled together nearly two and a half hours of the stuff -- muscular, stripped-down, charcoal-hued and 99% melody-free -- in a playlist featuring recent tracks from Diamond Version, Silent Servant, Clouds, Skudge and more. It's pretty much the polar opposite of that Vibrations scene. Have fun.